|Top recommended post at Redstate:
Yellowcake uranium found in Iraq, Saddam's legacy, Bush was right!
I don't even need to quote the post itself. The title says enough. Now so far the post is merely delusional, rather than dishonest, but wait, the second comment and reply resolves that conundrum:
Hold your horses by SteveLA
You might want to hold your horses a bit on this. This yellow cake referenced in this story was known to International Arms Inspectors, and had been under control sense 1992, after the Gulf war. I beleive Hans Brix and his merry band of men and women had inspected and knew about this stuff.
Oops. Well that's not going to slow RedState down, the title of the first reply to this far-too-factual deflation of a good myth:
It goes towards dispelling the idea there was none there
Ah yes, see, since some people know Iraq had no WMDs in 2003, we should lie to them by confusing legally stored regulated reactor grade uranium with bomb grade secret reserves of the stuff that Saddam didn't have.
So that's RedState. Note again this is a top recommended post not merely any old diary falling off the list in obscurity. But I will look at a couple prominent right wing bloggers. We find the technique a little less hamfisted. The master of misleading himself, Instapundit:
SADDAM'S NON EXISTENT NUCLEAR PROGRAM HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN:
The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program _ a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium _ reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.
The removal of 550 metric tons of "yellowcake" _ the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment _ was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam's nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S. and Iraqi authorities who had worried the cache would reach insurgents or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions.
Read the whole thing.
See, Reynolds never comes out and says this vindicates Bush's WMD lies, just implies it with his sarcasm about Saddam's "non-existent" nuclear program. Saddam of course had a nuclear program, the one the Israelis bombed into oblivion in 1981. In 2002, he had no such program. For the minority that do take Reynold's tacked on advice to "read the whole thing" they will learn that:
Israeli warplanes bombed a reactor project at the site in 1981. Later, U.N. inspectors documented and safeguarded the yellowcake, which had been stored in aging drums and containers since before the 1991 Gulf War. There was no evidence of any yellowcake dating from after 1991, the official said.
Causus Casus beli, this ain't.
Over at Protein Wisdom, we find similar
tact tack of hiding behind snark to avoid blatantly lying to your readers, but still knowing many of them will get the wrong idea:
Now, before you dull, neocon chickenhawk dupes (whose gullibility encouraged smarter and more discriminating Dem congresspeople to set aside their concerns and their principles and vote us overwhelmingly into a fake war based on the lying lies of lying liars who lied) get to feeling all vindicatey, please note that yellowcake itself - even 550 metric tons of the stuff - is not, without further enrichment, capable of causing anything more than a panic. And Saddam was far too busy writing romance novels and terrorizing Kurds and Marsh Arabs to even dream about further enriching the stuff.
I've read that a couple times and I'm not 100% sure I understand his point, because there are several layers of sarcasm and bitterness here directed all over the place. Buried in all the scorn for people who acknowledge the obvious that Bush was lying, is an acknowledgement that the uranium was not weapons grade or even dirty bomb grade. He immediately discounts this point with some paranoia that Saddam would eventually have purified it further.
The sarcasm works to diffuse his denial of the vindication aspect. He's effectively saying "even though it's not the WMDs Bush lied about, it could have been under some hypothetical scenario and then the war would have been justified, ergo, the war was justified"
John McCain says he hates bloggers. I notice he didn't specify only left-wing bloggers, hmm.